Kevin D. Loo, K.C.

Partner

E: kloo@nst.ca
T: 778.945.1473

Kevin D. Loo, K.C. is an experienced and trusted trial and appellate lawyer. He has been a partner of NST since 2001 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2021. He has been recognized annually since 2016 by Best Lawyers Canada in the field of corporate commercial litigation and by Benchmark Canada as a Litigation Star. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Kevin practices in the areas of commercial litigation, and bankruptcy and insolvency. In his commercial litigation practice, he has successfully represented both corporate clients and individuals in a wide range of business disputes, such as breaches of contract, class actions, disputes arising from real estate and lease transactions, commercial fraud, professional negligence, claims among partners and shareholders, and claims arising from franchise and dealership agreements. His bankruptcy and insolvency practice involves advising and representing debtor companies, secured and unsecured creditors, and other parties involved in business insolvency proceedings.

Kevin’s advice and representation are valued by clients in situations where an assured and experienced hand is required. He is adept at conducting both complex and smaller litigation files at the trial level and on appeal, and in doing so he has assisted many clients in successfully resolving their disputes both in and out of court.

Kevin regularly appears as counsel in the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. He has appeared in the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, in the trial division of the Federal Court, and before various administrative tribunals. He consistently contributes to continuing legal education in British Columbia, by writing articles and presenting at courses and conferences.
He is proud to recognize, as an early influence in his legal career, his great-uncle Andrew Joe, who in 1953 was the first Chinese-Canadian called to the Bar in British Columbia.

  • Law clerk to Mr. Justice Gibbs, Mr. Justice Toy and Mr. Justice Hinds of the BC Court of Appeal in 1992-1993
Education
  • British Columbia Bar, 1994
  • LL.B., University of Toronto, 1992
  • B.A., B.Com., University of British Columbia, 1989
Recognition
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2021
  • Best Lawyers Canada in the field of Corporate Commercial Litigation, annually since 2016
  • Litigation Star, Benchmark Canada
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
Community Involvement
  • Regular volunteer presenter and instructor for Continuing Legal Education of British Columbia and the Allard School of Law trial advocacy course
  • Volunteers for Access Pro Bono
Cases of Interest
  • LTS Infrastructure Services Limited Partnership v. Rohl Enterprises Ltd., 2019 NWTSC 10
    Kevin acts for a major Canadian construction company in a contractual dispute with a subcontractor which worked on the client’s Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link project, a multi-million dollar P3 project installing a fibre-optic line from McGill Lake to Inuvik, NWT. The matter has not yet gone to trial.
  • Institutional Mortgage Capital Canada Inc. v. Firefly Fine Wines and others, 2020 BCCA 193
    In this insolvency matter, Kevin along with NST members Peter J. Reardon and Kayla K. Strong, act for a lessee in respect to a commercial property under foreclosure.
  • Fenwick v. North and others, (BCSC 2017)
    Recently, Kevin acted for a joint venture partner, successfully resolving a contractual dispute involving a real estate development in Kelowna.
  • Greater Vancouver Water District v. North American Pipe & Steel, 2012 BCCA 337
    As appellate counsel together with Irwin G. Nathanson Q.C., Kevin successfully represented a municipal water authority before the British Columbia Court of Appeal in a contract dispute regarding the supply of defective pipe.
  • In the Matter of Wheatland Industrial Park Inc., 2013 BCSC 27
    Kevin represents the directors and promoters of a joint venture involving a $20 million real estate development in Calgary, against allegations advanced by other joint venturers.

In addition to the above matters, Kevin:

  • Advises employers and employees, including senior executives and partners, in a broad range of employment matters – most recently, successfully negotiating exit agreements for a vice president of a large credit unions, a partner in a national accounting firm, and vice presidents in two national investment firms.
  • Acts for a party in a dispute involving the operation and ownership of various pharmacy businesses and properties in the Lower Mainland.
  • Has recently acted for a law firm in defence of a claim by a former partner, who sought remedies for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract;
  • Acted for former parties to a joint venture to establish a software business.
Publications and Presentations
  • Instructor – University of British Columbia, Allard School of Law, Allan McEachern Advanced Trial Advocacy course
  • Contributor – The British Columbia Civil Trial Handbook, Continuing Legal Education: 4th ed, 2015; 5th ed, 2018
  • “The Beginning and the End: Tips for more Effective Opening and Closing Statements at Trial,” Continuing Legal Education Course Materials for Civil Litigation Basics, 2015 and 2018
  • “Managing the Discovery Process – Discovery in the Electronic Age,” Continuing Legal Education Course Materials for Commercial Litigation, 2016
  • “The Secondary Markets Class Action: process and terminology,” Professional Liability Underwriting Society, June 2014
  • “Handling and Interviewing Witnesses,” (Chapter) Continuing Legal Education Course Materials for Commercial Litigation for Legal Support Staff, June 2006.
  • “Effectively Using the New Rules for Civil Discovery,” Course materials, Continuing Legal Education, March 2010.
  • “Conducting an Effective Examination for Discovery,” Lorman Education Services